Header taken from "Messenger" - Art by Kurt Vonnegut

Well we've been open for a while now & already had our first Art Show. It was a great success & I can't wait to have more! We've got more cleaning up in the back half of the bottom floor that we should be finished with soon & then we can start on the top floor, again. Our goal is to remodel the small bathroom that is already upstairs, so that we can go ahead and move in! So in about 6 months, we should be living Downtown!!

The Loft
Before & After
Our Wedding



2nd Annual Daniel-Rhea Pumpkin Carving

Tonight we had the 2nd Annual pumpkin carving for the Daniel & Rhea family. We started last year when Larr & Christi wanted to carve pumpkins and we all had such a great time we decided to do it again this year. This year Conor & Brendan wanted to join in the fun, and I think they had a good time. We all came out with really good pumpkins again this year!

Brendan gets just a little bit of help from Uncle Joe, while Conor works hard carving out his ghost.

Larr, Christi and Joe get to work on their pumpkins.

Larr's wolf, Christi’s winkin' devil and Brendan's Bat sitting on a Pumpkin

Joe's reaper, My witch (with a face coming out of her cauldron) and Conor's Ghost & Bats


Removing the Bricks...

Well I promised another post and here it is…..
We met the contractor at the loft at about 9:45 and got to work pretty much right away. The guy had a dump truck that he parked along the sidewalk under the awning. Bobby (the contractor) and Joe rigged up a shoot like thingy with some plywood boards. They sat the boards up against the rods holding up the awning and then had one going from the awning into the truck, so the plan was for the bricks to fall straight down slide along the slope of the boards and into the dump truck. Well of course nothing works as it is supposed to!! I stood in the road to get cars to stay at least one lane away from the dump truck (leaving two other lanes open). Well with the first hit of the hammer brick just started flying!! They were going out into all the lanes of the road and I still cant believe no cars were hit!! After a little bit Bobby was finally able to get going where the bricks weren’t flying to bad and things were finally starting to go as planned (with lots of adjustments to the “shoot.” Once they got a rhythm down it took only about 30 mins a window. At about the last 4 Joe started getting the bottom half of the window while Bobby started on the next one. Once all the bricks were out we just swept all the debris up and Bobby took all the brick away. Joe’s mom brought us some plastic and staple guns so we could put plastic in the windows to keep out birds and hopefully if it rains it will keep that out too! Unfortunately the plastic came out because of the wind and the next day we had to go buy blue tarps and put them in the windows!



Or holes anyways!!
We started at about 9:45 and got home about 9:40.
And I'm going to bed. Just wanted to get a picture up real fast.
I'll post about the long day another time!

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

Mahatma Gandhi    

Plastic Bags Consumed This Year

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